Najja Parker – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Betty Lindberg may be making space in her trophy case for a new prize, because she has likely just broken the American record for the women’s 400-meter, according to the Atlanta Track Club.
The 92-year-old competed in the All-Comers Track and Field Meet Tuesday, taking home the gold for the 400-meter Grand Prix event in the 90+ division. Her time of 3:05.01 time is pending ratification by the USATF.
“I’m very pleased with what I did,” Lindberg told the ATC. “I sort of heard people yelling, but I was concentrating so hard to keep going those last 100 meters.”
Lindberg beat out Bertha Holt, who previously held the title for 21 years.
And this isn’t the first time the Atlantan has made history. Just last year, she set a new time for the women’s 800-meter, ages 90-94.
“It was a lot more pressure this year,” she admitted. “This year I knew what the record was. It seemed everyone knew what the record was. My daughter, my son and my son-in-law were there. My personal trainer showed up. And you guys at the club knew, too. So there was a little bit of pressure.”
Next up for Lindberg is the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race. She’s currently training to run in the Fourth of July event.